Hospitals (41 - 50 of 98 items)
Medical Liability: Impact on Hospital and Physician Costs Extends Beyond Insurance
AIMD-95-169: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the types of medical liability costs that affect hospitals and physicians, and whether existing studies include these costs in their estimates of hospital and physician liability expenses.GAO found that: (1) in general, hospitals' and physicians' medical liability costs account for about 1 percent of national health care expenditures; (2) estimates...
German Health Reforms: Changes Result in Lower Health Costs in 1993
HEHS-95-27: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
GAO reviewed the German health care system, focusing on the: (1) effects of nonnegotiable budgets on health care cost and access to care; and (2) status of some of the structural changes intended to control costs over the longer term.GAO found that: (1) during 1993, the German health care sectors generally succeeded in controlling the growth of health care costs, with outlays per member falling mo...
Medical Education: Curriculum and Financing Strategies Need to Encourage Primary Care Training
HEHS-95-9: Published: Oct 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the role of medical education in physician specialty choices, focusing on: (1) the students who are more likely to choose generalist or primary care specialties in medical school; (2) the curriculum requirements that expose medical students and residents to primary care training; and (3) how federal financing of medical education influences student...
Health Care: Employers Urge Hospitals to Battle Costs Using Performance Data Systems
HEHS-95-1: Published: Oct 3, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed three communities' experiences with hospital performance measurement systems, focusing on: (1) the purposes for which employer coalitions and hospitals are using comparative performance measurement systems; and (2) whether these systems report the information employers and hospitals need to compare outcomes.GAO found that: (1) severity-adjusted per...
Indian Health Service: Efforts to Recruit Health Care Professionals
HEHS-94-180FS: Published: Jul 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Indian Health Service's (IHS) employment practices, focusing on: (1) whether differences exist in the salary schedules within the various IHS service areas; (2) the effectiveness of current manpower recruitment programs in the Aberdeen, South Dakota, service area; and (3) IHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) processes for determinin...
Veterans' Health Care: Efforts to Make VA Competitive May Create Significant Risks
T-HEHS-94-197: Published: Jun 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1994.
GAO discussed the potential effects of health reforms on veterans' health care, focusing on the: (1) legal and structural barriers that could limit the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ability to restructure its health care facilities into managed care plans and compete with private-sector health plans; (2) extent to which the Health Security Act would overcome those barriers; and (3) potentia...
Medicare: Graduate Medical Education Payment Policy Needs to Be Reexamined
HEHS-94-33: Published: May 4, 1994. Publicly Released: May 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Medicare financing for graduate medical education (GME), focusing on: (1) how Medicare compensates hospitals for GME costs; and (2) the extent of Medicare's support for primary care and nonprimary care physicians' GME.GAO found that: (1) Medicare pays for about 29 percent of total GME direct costs, which totalled $1.46 billion in 1992; (2) although...
Nonprofit Hospitals: For-Profit Ventures Pose Access and Capacity Problems
HRD-93-124: Published: Jul 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about joint ventures between nonprofit hospitals and physicians, focusing on the: (1) rate at which nonprofit hospitals participate in joint ventures; (2) extent to which these ventures serve the poor; (3) extent that joint ventures can contribute to excess capacity for community medical services; and (4) effect of recent federal and st...
Health Care: Reduction in Resident Physician Work Hours Will Not Be Easy to Attain
HRD-93-24BR: Published: Nov 20, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed resident physicians' work hours and the quality of care delivered, focusing on: (1) resident sleep deprivation and its impact on the quality of care; (2) sleep deprivation effects on nonphysician job performance, safety, and health; and (3) the effectiveness of implementing regulations to limit residents' hours.GAO found that: (1) long work hours a...
Health Care: Readiness of U.S. Contingency Hospital Systems to Treat War Casualties
T-HRD-92-17: Published: Mar 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1992.
GAO discussed the adequacy of plans by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations to care for wartime casualties returning to the United States. GAO noted that in 1984, several federal, state, local, and private-sector agencies established the National Medical Disaster System (NMDS) to provide care to casualties from civilian disasters or military conflicts...